Reviewed by Sean Burke
Automobile Lamborghini, by Titus, is another racing game for the
Nintendo 64. There are 8 different cars to choose from, featuring
such exotics as a Lamborghini Diablo and Countach, a McLaren F1,
a Dodge Viper GTS, a Bugatti EB110, a Ferrari F50 and Testarossa,
and a Porsche 959. Every car comes in 3 different colors and designs.
You can race on 6 different tracks, and after you beat the game, you
can race them in reverse. There are several different modes of play,
including Arcade, where you race a set of three timed tracks against
6 other opponents, Championship, where you can change almost
everything about the race, such as laps, pit stops, direction, and
number of races, but in order to earn any cars, you have to leave
the stings on default. There is also a Time Trial Mode and Circuit,
where you race on only one track. You can set the difficulty to
standard or expert, where expert has the most realistic play
control and AI.
Graphics 7.5 out of 10
I think that the Graphics in Automobile Lamborghini are what set
it apart from other racing games. The cars look wonderful, smooth
and gleaming in the sun, you can see through the windshields, and
as you turn, the shadow from your car shifts. The coarses are equally
beautiful. The lush forests around a few of the races really set the
tone, as do the backgrounds. The roads and streets look pretty realistic,
and the rocks and cliffs next to a few of the tracks are very realists.
Perhaps the only bad things about the graphics are the clouds of smoke
the come from your tires and the excessive fog in the city. Everything
else is juuuuust peachy.
Music and Sound 3.0 out of 10
I don't think that music and sounds a very fair category for most N64
games. There just isn't any thing to rate, as is the case with Lamborghini.
The music is dull and lifeless, quietly whispering in the background, in
hopes that you don't notice it. The sound effects are just as boring. Every
time you hit a car or a wall you get the exact same sound. I don't think
that's very realistic, and you probably don't either. However, you don't
buy this game for the sound alone, so why harp on just one bad thing?
Game Challenge 3.5 out of 10
Challenge?!?! Where? I don't remember seeing any challenge.... hold on,
I'm going to look again...no, still nothing. I beat this entire game in 3
days, and I promise that I'm not exaggerating. There was nothing to it.
At all. The only thing that caught me for awhile was running out of time,
and I simply got around that by beating the other mode to get a faster
car. If you want a challenge, play San Francisco Rush. If you want some
pretty graphics, get this game.
Game Play-Fun 5 out of 10
While you're trying to beat the game, it can be pretty fun. Earning the
cars is a nice touch, and the play control is good enough that you can
just amuse yourself by making donuts with the hand brake. It would
have been a little more fun if you could at least pull off a couple of
crashes, but you can only spin out, and that isn't fun at all. A game
needs a little more than a couple of cheap thrills to make it fun.
Rumble Pak 1.5 out of 10
I give it a 1.5 only because it occasionally rumbles more than if you
play the game without it. Sometimes you can hit things and it doesn't
even move. They just didn't care.
Hmmm, here's something frustrating: paying $65 for a game that you beat
in three days, and then realizing you threw away the receipt. I think that
sums it all up. Oh wait, how about the slow frame rate, for a racing game?
Aren't those supposed to be fast? That was my impression, but I guess not
according to Titus.
Replayability 1 out of 10
Once you beat the game before your 3-day weekend is over, there isn't
much to do but look at how nice it looks on your shelf. The four player
mode is fun, except that the framerate drops to about 3fps, and most
people don't know 3 people who would want to play Nintendo all the
time. And lets face it, sure, you could play the game forever, beating
your fastest laps, but this game just isn't fun enough to draw you back.
You will probably never play it again.
Game Value -2 out of 10
Ha Ha! Worth the price?? $10 would be asking too much for this game.
Maybe you could rent it, but $3 is awfully expensive. Just borrow it from
a friend, and you'll be glad you did.
Overall 3.5 out of 10